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New Jersey Political Corruption Investigation Moving To Operation Big Rig IV?
01-11-2014, 04:43 PM (This post was last modified: 01-11-2014 05:49 PM by People4People.)
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Question New Jersey Political Corruption Investigation Moving To Operation Big Rig IV?
January 11, 2014

Operation Bid Rig I

Operation Bid Rig is an ongoing, long-term investigation into political corruption in New Jersey conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service, and the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey since 2002.

The investigation has resulted in the indictments of more than 60 public officials and politically connected individuals since its inception. In July 2009, sting operations resulted in the arrest of 44 people in New Jersey and New York, including 29 public servants and political operatives, and five orthodox rabbis from the Syrian Jewish community.

A number of high-level New Jersey elected officials were arrested in the operation, including Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini, Hoboken Mayor Peter Cammarano, Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell Ridgefield Mayor Anthony R. Suarez, former Jersey City Housing Authority Commissioner and Chairwoman Lori Serrano, Jersey City Housing Authority Commissioner Edward Cheatam, Assemblyman L. Harvey Smith, Assemblyman Daniel M. Van Pelt, former Assemblyman and unsuccessful mayoral candidate Louis Manzo, and political operatives Joseph Cardwell and Jack Shaw.

Operation Bid Rig II

The second phase of the investigation was conducted in 2003 and 2004. Robert "Duke" Steffer, a former developer in New Jersey and Florida, solicited public officials for projects for his company, Steffer Industries Inc., which was later found to be a shell created by investigators.

The investigation snared more than 12 public officials including:

Paul Zambrano, Mayor of West Long Branch, New Jersey
John Merla, Mayor of Keyport, New Jersey
Paul Coughlin, Mayor of Hazlet, New Jersey
Richard Iadanza, Deputy Mayor of Neptune Township, New Jersey
John Hamilton, Jr., Councilman, Asbury Park, NJ
Joseph DeLisa, Councilman, West Long Branch, New Jersey
Robert Hyer, Councilman, Keyport, NJ
Raymond O'Grady, Councilman,
Middletown, NJ and director of the Monmouth County, NJ motor pool
Patsy Townsend, Director of Construction and Code Enforcement, Neptune, NJ
Joseph McCurnin, Operations Manager for Monmouth
County's Division of Transportation
Thomas Broderick, Assistant Monmouth County Roads Supervisor
Richard Vuola, commissioner, Marlboro Municipal Utilities Authority, Marlboro, NJ
Monmouth County Freeholder Harry Larrison Jr. died before his case came before the court.

Operation Bid Rig III

The third phase of the investigation—Operation Bid Rig III—began after an individual identified by news sources as real estate developer Solomon Dwek of Ocean Township was arrested on charges of committing $50 million in bank fraud in May 2006.

Dwek, a well-known member of the Syrian Jewish community whose parents founded the Deal Yeshiva, agreed to become a cooperating witness for the FBI, infiltrating a money-laundering network connecting Israel and Syrian Jewish communities in Brooklyn and Deal, New Jersey.

This network has allegedly laundered tens of millions of dollars through charitable non-profit organizations controlled by rabbis in New York and New Jersey. Among the rabbis implicated are Saul J. Kassin of Congregation Shaare Zion in Brooklyn, Eliahu Ben Haim of Congregation Ohel Yaacob in Deal, and Edmond Nahum of the Deal Synagogue.

According to criminal complaints, Dwek (identified as "CW" for "cooperating witness"), informed targets of the sting that he was bankrupt and trying to conceal his assets, claiming involvement in illegal businesses including the sale of counterfeit Gucci and Prada handbags, as well as insurance scams and bank frauds.

The targets accepted checks made by Dwek made out to their charitable foundations and returned the money to him after deducting a fee. Much of the cash they provided him came from Israel, and some of that in turn came from a Swiss banker, prosecutors said. Prosecutors said that about $3 million had been laundered for Dwek since the beginning of the third phase of the operation in June 2007, much of the money coming from Israel.

The case shifted to focus on public corruption after one of the men accused of money laundering, Moshe Altman of Monsey, New York, a Hudson County developer, introduced Dwek to a politically connected building inspector in Jersey City, who then steered him to another city official, Maher Khalil. Khalil, who is accused of accepting $30,000 in bribes from Mr. Dwek, introduced Dwek to a web of public officials, mayoral and council candidates, and their confidants, whom he called "players"

On July 23, 2009, Acting United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey Ralph J. Marra, Jr. announced the arrest of the following 44 people:

Money laundering

Eliahu Ben Haim, 58, Long Branch, NJ
Schmulik Cohen, 35, Brooklyn, NY
Levi Deutsch, 37, Brooklyn, NY
Yeshayahu Ehrental, 65, Brooklyn, NY
Mordchai Fish, 56, Brooklyn, NY
Yolie Gertner, 30, Brooklyn, NY
David S. Goldhirsh, 30, Brooklyn, NY
Shimon Haber, 34, Brooklyn, NY
Saul Kassin, 87, Brooklyn, NY
Edmund Nahum, 56, Deal, NJ
Abe Pollack, 40, Brooklyn, NY
Lavel Schwartz, 57, Brooklyn, NY
Binyomin Spira, 28, Brooklyn, NY
Naftoly Weber, 40, Brooklyn, NY
Arye Weiss, 34, Brooklyn, NY

Human organ trafficking

Levy-Izhak Rosenbaum, 58, Brooklyn, NY

Political corruption

Moshe Altman, 39, Monsey, NY
Charlie Ammon, 33, Lakewood, NJ
Leona Beldini, 74, Jersey City, NJ
Peter Cammarano, 32, Hoboken, NJ
Joseph Cardwell, 68, Jersey City, NJ
Joseph Castagna, 53, Jersey City, NJ
Guy Catrillo, 54, Jersey City, NJ
Edward Cheatam, 61, Jersey City, NJ
Dennis Elwell, 64, Secaucus, NJ
Itzak Friedlander, 41, Union City, NJ
Richard Greene, 45, Jersey City, NJ
John Guarini, 59, Bayonne, NJ
Denis Jaslow, 46, Wall, NJ
Maher A. Khalil, 39, Jersey City, NJ
James P. "Jimmy" King, 67, Jersey City, NJ
Louis Manzo, 54, Jersey City, NJ
Michael Manzo, 53, Jersey City, NJ
Ronald Manzo, 65, Bayonne, NJ
Michael Schaffer, 58, Hoboken, NJ
Lori Serrano, 37, Jersey City, NJ
Jack Shaw, 61, Jersey City, NJ
L. Harvey Smith, 60, Jersey City, NJ
Anthony R. Suarez, 42, Ridgefield, NJ
Vincent Tabbachino, 68, Fairview, NJ
Daniel M. Van Pelt, 44, Waretown, NJ
Mariano Vega, Jr., 59, Jersey City, NJ
Lavern Webb-Washington, 60, Jersey City, NJ
Jeffrey Williamson, 57, Lakewood, NJ

Jersey City councilman Philip Kenny, while not one of the original 44 arrested, nevertheless pleaded guilty to taking $5,000 in bribes on October 6, 2009.

Now it look's as if Operation Big Rig IV is about to begin with the latest news of corruption once again coming out of the political arena of New Jersey and New York. With the closing of the bridge to spite a mayor for not indorsing Governor Christie.

The move by Christie in the firing of the Deputy Chief of Staff is now raising the flag that the corruption in New Jersey is deeper than many thought, and hasn't changed much since the first three Operation Big Rig's.

Ms Kelly, Christie's now-former deputy chief of staff, was apprenticed to political insider Bill Stepien when they both worked on his 2012 re-election campaign, and she took orders directly from him, according to a long-time New Jersey political operative who spoke to MailOnline in Washington DC.

The insider, who requested anonymity, told MailOnline that Ms Kelly was the tie between Christie's administration and the state's Republican political machine. She was the fall guy, but there is no information that she really was what they say she was.

How does Kelly become the fall guy when she wasn't at the top of the list, and can't seem to find her anywhere in the political arena of New Jersey...who is she?

Senior Staff

Kevin O’Dowd, Chief of Staff
Louis C. Goetting, Deputy Chief of Staff
Maria Comella, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications and Planning
Charles B. McKenna, Chief Counsel
Paul Matey, Deputy Chief Counsel
Matthew McDermott, Appointments Director
Regina Egea, Director of the Authorities Unit
Rosemary Iannacone, Director of Operations
Melissa Orsen, Chief of Staff to the Lt. Governor
Marc Ferzan, Executive Director of the Office of Recovery and Rebuilding

Kevin O’Dowd, Chief of Staff

In January 2012, Kevin O’Dowd began serving as Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. From January 2010 to January 2012, O’Dowd served as the Deputy Chief Counsel to Governor Christie.

History and actions and words that will make one question...are they going into Operation Big Rig IV?

Where was Kevin O'Dowd from January 2012 to January 2014?

Why did he quit, and why is he returning?

Event Date: December 2, 2013 - Staff Changes For New Jersey Government

Governor Chris Christie announces current Chief of Staff Kevin O'Dowd will become New Jersey's next Attorney General and Regina Egea will become the new Chief of Staff while at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J. on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen).

Documents reveal that another senior Christie aide, Regina Egea, director of the authorities unit and a member of his senior staff, was aware of concerns the lane closures were not part of an ongoing traffic study.

Should Regina Egea still have a job?

The latest news in the revelations of the New Jersey government seems to be a reflection on just how broken the American political system really is, along with those who have infiltrated it to make it that way!

How can there even be a thought of someone running the US with an administration with a history of corruption?

That's all Americans have ever known!

(CNN) -- New documents show appointees of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tried to stem other officials' anger and stonewall media queries about a hastily crafted plan to close access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, closures that wreaked traffic havoc on the New Jersey side of the nation's busiest bridge.

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01-11-2014, 05:29 PM (This post was last modified: 01-11-2014 05:34 PM by People4People.)
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Question Wife/Health Director Of New Jersey In The Middle Of The Corruption?
January 11, 2014

Keeping the secrets in the family of politics seems to help employment of those who are a part of a system that doesn't seem to include the majority, or fair. Nothing has changed in the history of governors since their inception by the throne of England.

Positions of power awarded to family members help to keep the organizations and ownership of the Untied States in the hands of who has always owned it...those who control the throne.

Kevin O’Dowd, center, holds the Holy Bible while Governor Christie administers the Oath Of Office to Mary O’Dowd, Kevin’s wife, to be Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, June 3, 2011. Photo by Tim Larsen/Governor’s Office.

How much is New Jersey playing a part in Obamacare?

How much of a part is Mary O'Dowd playing?

Mary E. O’Dowd has been serving as the New Jersey Health Commissioner since April 2011. As Commissioner, she oversees a staff of more than 1,200 and a budget of $1.9 billion. Commissioner O’Dowd is entrusted by Governor Christie to protect the public’s health, promote healthy communities and continue to improve the quality of health care in New Jersey.

The Commissioner has focused on three priority areas: building healthier communities, raising awareness about end-of-life care planning and working smarter.

She has worked to ensure residents have access to health care to lead healthier lives. Under O’Dowd’s leadership, the Department has invested funding to support the health care safety net—more than $1 billion is provided each year to New Jersey hospitals and the state’s Federally Qualified Health Centers to care for the uninsured and underinsured.

Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd and the Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism awarded millions of dollars of grant money to continue programs, like the Children’s Specialized Hospital screening that Brooklyn received.

New Jersey Jewish News — Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey has awarded grants totaling $430,385 to 15 agencies to support outreach, education, and enrollment activities under the Affordable Care Act.

"Our mission is to bring quality, affordable health care to the most vulnerable and underserved people in the greater Newark region," said foundation chair Beth Levithan. "Giving local agencies the tools they need to facilitate enrolling the uninsured and underinsured in health care and educating the public about opportunities under this law can only help achieve that broader goal."

Grantees include NJ Citizen Action Education Fund ($125,000), to hire two counselors to help individuals determine their eligibility and options for insurance and sign up for coverage; Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan NJ ($94,697), to conduct a campaign of outreach and assistance in its four Newark locations and provide assistance in enrolling clients in Medicaid or private insurance through the ACA marketplace; and 12 mini-grants of $10,000 or less to boost the capacity of Newark-area social service agencies and health care institutions or providers to conduct outreach and enrollment activities.

A grant of $92,220 was awarded to NY Public Radio for an in-depth NJ Public Radio reporting and community engagement project that will examine implementation of the ACA in Essex County.'s all about who is going to get the money and a position in the New World Order. From the look's of things New Jersey is trying to beat out New York, or are they in it together?

The Star-Ledger — Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Christie Sitting On Federal Grant Funds Given To Help Explain Obamacare, Critics Say

The Christie administration's failure to use $7.6 million in federal money to help explain Obamacare to New Jerseyans has left them confused about their options, a coalition of consumer groups said today.

"The governor continues to pass the ball. His passivity really is a problem for consumers. They're not hearing what they need to hear," said Maura Collinsgru, health policy advocate at New Jersey Citizen Action.

Christie's spokesman batted away the criticism, pointing to the governor's previously expressed disdain for the coalition's Democratic ties.

Last week, the governor decided to let..

Corruption only seems to be growing and the Obamacare program is exposing it to the core!

Actions and words exposing content of character along with who's for people and who's for corporate profits and self wealth!

Living in America but not living for the people, unity, peace, or justice for long will imposters sit in positions of power and continue to rule, suppress, and deceive the people?

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